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Fond memories call RIMS conference back to New Orleans.

by Alice H. Oshins Memories of New Orleans may not be too far in the distant past for some members of the Risk and Insurance Management Society Inc.; it was only in 1985 that RIMS held its annual conference in the city known for its southern hospitality, the Mississippi River, jazz-filled halls and the historic French Quarter.

In fact, RIMS members liked the city so much that New Orleans will once again provide the setting for this year's conference, the 29th Annual Risk Management and Employee Benefits Conference, on April 28-May 3.

"Over the years, a general formula has evolved which we believe has worked well," says Suzanne Crager, RIMS vice president-conference. "On the other hand, we have done some fine-tuning, such as the foreign language sessions and the cosponsored sessions, and approached some standard, basic topics from a new angle."

New Sessions

This year's foreign language sessions, "U.S. Risk Financing for NonU.S. Corporations," will be offered in French, Spanish, Japanese and for English-speaking foreigners. The session will discuss the growing foreign investment in the United States from the viewpoint of nonU.S. risk managers.

For the first time, conference sessions will be co-sponsored by RIMS and other industry organizations. The American Society of Safety Engineers is co-sponsoring "Making Integrated Audits Work for You"; the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters, "International Updates"; the National Association of Insurance Brokers, "Is Your Insurer's Future Rosy?"; the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, "How Insurance Commissioners' Decisions Affect Risk Managers"; the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices, "Surplus Lines: Window to the Specialty Markets"; and the Insurance Institute of America, "Ethics in Insurance and Risk Management."

There are more than 95 conference sessions grouped according to level of difficulty as well as subject area: risk management, legal, loss control, employee benefits, finance, insurance and workers' compensation. Special sessions include "Risk Management Jeopardy," in which risk managers and students will test their knowledge of the risk management profession, and "Workers' Compensation Roundtable," which will feature a dialogue between a panel and the audience on problems with the system.

In addition, there will be 40 industry sessions, ranging from agricultural cooperatives to satellites to utilities. Also on the agenda are a plenary session, "Corporate Stewardship: What Does Your Company Owe the Environment?" and a general session paying tribute to Ron Judd, who retires this year after 23 years as executive director of RIMS.

Lunch With Allen, Safire

Further, more than 250 companies have signed up to exhibit their products and services at the New Orleans Convention Center, with more expected. Luncheons will feature comedian Steve Allen and political columnist William Safire.

The guest program offers a glimpse of several facets of New Orleans, with a tour of plantations, the French Quarter and playwright Tennessee Williams' last home and favorite haunts, along with a presentation of Creole cooking.

Registration fees are $595 for members, $695 for non-members for a full week; $475 for members, $575 for non-members for a partial week. Fees increase after March 1.
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Title Annotation:Risk and Insurance Management Society
Author:Oshins, Alice H.
Publication:Risk Management
Date:Feb 1, 1991
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